Microsoft Acquires Skype

Can't say I saw this one coming. According to Kara Swisher (All Things D) Microsoft are in the final phase of acquiring Skype and will make an official announcement this morning.

This could be a very interesting deal and certainly offers a lot of potential for Microsoft and their partners, for example will we see Skype integration come to Windows 8, Windows Phone and/or Xbox? Each of these platforms would really benefit from a robust VoIP service, that includes multi-room video conferencing.

It could also have some benefits for business, where historically Skype have struggled, but Microsoft have a strong foundation with OCS and Lync.

However, the question most people will want to know is, what does this mean for current Skype users? I assume Microsoft will continue to support multiple platforms (one of the main strengths of Skype), however will we start to see new features being reserved specifically for Microsoft products? I guess only time will tell.

I'll update with the full press release when it becomes available.